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Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest made at the meeting.
Councillor Francis asked for his name to be added to the Minutes, in place of “Members” under paragraph three relating to the Staffordshire Business Innovation Centre.
RESOLVED: That subject to the above amendment, the Minutes of the Meeting of the Corporate Review Committee held on the 8 January 2019, be received as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
Report of the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) Working Group
The Scrutiny and Support Manager introduced the report which was the result of the MTFS Working Groups work, scrutinising the proposed budget pressures. The Committee were requested to ratify the report before it could be presented to the Cabinet on 30 January 2019.
The Chairman thanked the officers for their help and support in writing the report and to the Members who had contributed to it. Reference was made to the valuable contribution made in relation to the School Crossing Patrols and the suggestion that a complete review of actual requirements in terms of location and ensuring road safety should take place prior to any reductions.
Attention was drawn to the typing error on page 12 of the report, paragraph one, which stated £3.5m financial shortfall which should have been £35m.
A Member asked what a Parish Social Plan was. They also felt that working with Districts and Boroughs when considering house building as mentioned in the report, would be hard to achieve. In response, it was explained that Parish Social Plans worked alongside the Borough and District Neighbourhood Plans.
A Member asked how the health care and wellbeing purchase of care beds was progressing and emphasised the need to know the cost and how it will be monitored as this was a significant element of spend. In response, the Committee was informed that the Cabinets Executive Response would pick this up and would be reported back to the Committee.
With reference to the point made in paragraph 99 of the report, a Member felt that the Community Support proposal was counter production and that the Council needed to know what budgets were in place to support that as if contracts were not continuing due to budget cuts, there would be a need to know of any detrimental effects on the Council. In response, the Committee was informed that this was a recommendation and again, that a response would be included in the Cabinets Executive Response.
The Committee felt that the knowledge and skills of local District, Borough and Parish Members were not used effectively and that they should be advocates and relationships utilised more effectively to understand the localities. The Committee agreed with this. It was however, acknowledged that there could be difficulties in working between Parishes and the County and some areas of the County did not have Parish Councils.
A question was asked about the Community Investment Fund, what it was and how this would be developed to support the voluntary sector.
A Member was concerned over the fragility of the Care Home market, particularly as the current North Staffordshire NHS Consultation was proposing the block booking of 55 beds in the private sector which would reduce the number of good quality beds to commission.
A Member felt that Parish Councils did want to help but needed some direction on what we want them to help with.
The report contained reference to monitoring and the constant assessment needed to achieve the savings proposed and asked how this ... view the full minutes text for item 42.
The Chairman informed the Committee that prior to the meeting, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Select Committees had met to discuss the Work Programmes of each Committee to ensure there was no duplication and ensure greater awareness of each other’s work areas.
It was suggested that every 3 months the Work Programmes of the Committees would be considered by this committee to ensure coordination and increase transparency. If there were urgent items of business in between these dates, the Committee Chairman could raise issues at the Committee. All political parties would be able to input and have equal ability to comment
An annual report had been requested by the Property Sub Committee, this would be feed in at an appropriate date to be confirmed. Also, three or four monthly reports on the work programmes would be programmed in at appropriate dates.
The MTFS would receive an Executive Response to their report and this will provide an opportunity to consider and select areas which need to be looked at in greater depth.
RESOLVED: That the Work Programme be approved.